It was a very vintage visit for Prince Charles and the Duchess of Cornwall as they toured the south and west of Britain’s chilly Yorkshire, with steam trains and retro buses shuttling them between public engagements.
Camilla looked rugged up but thoroughly modern in a powder-pink coat with slinky knee-nigh black boots. She wore a scarf in muted tones to match the simple-but-stylish coat and black gloves, with a small black Aspinal handbag to bring in the black of the boots.
Today The Prince of Wales and The Duchess of Cornwall are spending the day in West and South Yorkshire, where they will visit a number of local organisations and businesses and meet members of the local community.The day has started in Halifax, where TRH visited The Piece Hall, a historic building that has been redeveloped into a thriving centre for business and culture.Next, at Halifax Borough Market, The Prince and The Duchess were able to meet local traders and sample some local Yorkshire produce.
The couple were cheered by crowds of well-wishers as they stopped in Blackledge in Halifax and Oxenhope in Bradford. Camilla also fitted in a visit to the home of writer Emily Bronte at the Bronte Parsonage Museum (the father of the Bronte sisters – Charlotte, Emily and Anne – was the curate of Haworth Church and lived at the house that is now the museum).
The Daily Mail reports that the duchess was keen to admire the manuscripts and artifacts left by the Brontes, declaring herself fascinated by their work, but was less enthusiastic about her vintage transportation, joking that she hoped the brakes were working on the old bus as it creaked to the top of a steep hill.
During the day in Yorkshire, The Duchess of Cornwall visited Brontë Parsonage to mark the bicentenary of Emily Brontë's birth and 90 years of the museum. HRH is passionate about promoting literacy as was able to meet local school children who took part in a creative writing competition organised by the Museum.With the help of the a vintage bus, HRH then travelled to the Keighley and Worth Valley Railway (KWVR) to celebrate 50 years since the line was re-opened.The Duchess was introduced to the range of volunteers who keep the heritage railway running, before travelling on locomotive 'No.85', which was re-entered into service in 2017 after being restored by volunteers. ????PA
Happily for the region, while Camilla was at the museum, Prince Charles was able to official restart the steel furnace at Liberty Speciality Steels, which had closed three years ago, but was bought and fired back into live, making 300 jobs in an area where finding employment can be tough.
Of course, the royal couple also found some time to sample Yorkshire’s famous treats. Of course, Yorkshire is most famous for Yorkshire puddings but is also celebrated for its Wensleydale cheese and curd tarts.